Monday, 19 December 2011

CLASSIC MOVIE SCENE # 6 - 'Beetlejuice' - Danny Elfman




Anyone who is a big fan of 80's films will know and love Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and its fantastic eerie opening credits. Is it real? Is it a model? Who cares! That is one massive spider! Elfman's dark and dramatic scores are perfectly suited to Burton's weird and wonderful visions. I can easily lose myself in my other favourites...Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Planet Of The Apes!




For those who don't know(where have you been??), Beetlejuice is a quirky dark comedy that surrounds a pleasant 'normal' couple who are finding it hard to accept they are dead. Their dream home in a quaint little town has been sold off to loud and obnoxious new owners from New York City who want to rip it apart to remodel. Not satisfied they can scare them out themselves, they hire Beetlejuice (brilliantly played by Michael Keaton), a bio-exorcist, to do the job. With some great cheesy stop motion characters and loads of memorable quotes, it has to be one of my favourite films! 


Hey Adam? I don't think we survived that crash...
Nice f**king model!


Here's a bit of trivia for you, Danny Elfman wasn't always a genius composer. He was in a rock band from the 70's/80's called Oingo Boingo! They were responsible for the theme song from another 80's classic 'Weird Science' amongst others!



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19 December 2011 at 11:26

Danny Elfman is also the father of Jenna Elfman who starred in Dharma and Greg, which had an episode featuring Bob Dylan. Didn't Danny Elfman also write the Simpsons theme?

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Jon
19 December 2011 at 13:15

"I've seen The Exorcist about a hundred and sixty seven times and it keeps getting funnier EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT!" How I LOVED Michael Keaton in that role. And yes, Danny Elfman did indeed write the Simpsons theme and is quite prolific with film and TV music. Must rewatch Beetlejuice ASAP!

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19 December 2011 at 18:05

I'm sure you were too young to watch this when it was out, no wonder you got so easily freaked out. Agreed, classic scene from a classic film. I hope that if they do a sequel, Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice.

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21 December 2011 at 12:49

Haha SB, it's like the 6 degrees of Bob Dylan, we can connect everything to him in some way! Loved The Simpsons theme too!
Good quote Jon...go ahead, make my millenium!
I read that there is a sequel being written with Michael Keaton in mind, however I don't know if it will be Tim Burton's name on it. Watch this space...

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